Sumiko Kanazawa
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Institutional Custody Services

Years in the industry: 24 years
Area of focus: Legal, compliance, BSA/AML, sanctions, custody, fund administration, securities lending
School: Boston University and Pace Law School


What do you do at Mizuho?
I oversee the legal and compliance area for our Institutional Custody Services. In addition to performing traditional functions of those positions, one of the important parts of my job today is to provide input into the bank's business and strategic decisions.  

How have you grown since joining Mizuho?
A few years into working for the bank, I decided to pursue my law degree while working full time. Four challenging years later, I became the first in-house counsel in the Custody Services entity.  

What’s one thing you've learned while at Mizuho or in the industry?
In order to be an effective and trusted counselor, compliance chief and fellow business colleague, it’s important to understand not only the laws, but also the services and clients served, and how each part of the organization performs and supports each other.